Wednesday, 23 September 2015

Relax? Baking cakes! #cakes

At the beginning of the week we had a rough night with eldest being unwell and then youngest getting up at the crack of dawn, meaning we started the day on the wrong foot, having a grand total of four hours sleep!

When I finished work I was completely exhausted and stressed with the two monsters nipping at my heels for food; so I quickly put dinner on to cook.

While that was cooking I took stock of what was in the cupboard and my little light bulb pinged on, I had the holy grail of ingredients that would give me and The Mrs the much needed sugar rush to pick us up!

So I found (in a total hunter gatherer style I might add!):
  • Four medium eggs
  • 500 grams of salted butter
  • 250 grams of caster sugar
  • 250 grams of self-raising flour
  • 2-3 teaspoon full of vanilla extract
  • 250g icing sugar (approximately!)
  • 150g of coco-powder
  • 4 table spoons of milk

The ingredients above make some quick and simple chocolate fairy cakes; I usually manage to get around 24 cakes! (Which The Mrs makes quick work of!)

The method:
  • Preheat the oven to 180c
  • Soften 250g of butter (usually 10 – 20 seconds in the microwaves works wonders)
  • Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl until light and fluffy
  • Crack the eggs into the mix and whisk with an electric whisk for a minute or so
  • Add one table spoonful of vanilla extract and beat into the mix
  • Sieve in half the flour and coco-powder and fold the ingredients in until well mixed
  • Pour in the milk and sieve in the remaining flour and coco-powder and fold again
  • Spread the mix evenly between 24 cake cases – usual rule of thumb is one table spoon in each
  • Bake for 14 – 18 minutes
  • Leave on a wire rack to cool

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For the topping:
  • Soften the remaining 250g of butter
  • Put into a bowl and sieve the icing sugar in until you get a fluffy consistency
  • Add in the vanilla and mix well
  • Decorate you cakes with anything else sweet you have found in your cupboard
I hope you enjoy making the cakes and best of all eating them!

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